Teens arrested in Lake Stevens school burglary, arson

LAKE STEVENS — Two teenagers were arrested Monday in connection with a burglary and arson at Skyline Elementary in Lake Stevens.

“We’re estimating about $4,000 in damage,” Lake Stevens School District spokeswoman Jayme Taylor said.

The suspects were an 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy. The man was booked into the Snohomish County Jail, and the boy was taken to the Denney Juvenile Justice Center. They are accused of second-degree burglary and second-degree arson. Both are felony allegations.

The break-in set off an alarm at the school about 3 a.m. Monday. Lake Stevens officers arrived to find the remnants of a small fire in a rack that held rolls of colored butcher paper, Sgt. Rob Miner said Tuesday. It appeared a rock had been thrown through two windows.

A police dog search and footprints in the snow led to a nearby home where the 18-year-old lives. The 16-year-old was found walking in the same area about 5 a.m.

The 16-year-old reportedly admitted to climbing in through a window at the school, but he said it was broken before he arrived. One other young person who was detained was later released.

The mess was cleaned up Monday, and a damaged door and windows were boarded up, Taylor said.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @rikkiking.

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